Shuan Maloney has revealed he could spend Martin Boyle’s transfer money on a replacement.
Hibs sold the Australia international to Saudi club Al-Faisaly last week for an initial fee of £2.5m plus add-ons.
Boyle is set for a life-changing pay rise in the Middle East, with a reported weekly salary of £30,000 tempting him to the oil-rich state.
His former club also cashed in on a good chunk of the change, and Maloney confirmed he had been given the green light to reinvest him in his squad should the right player become available.
“President [Ron Gordon] and the CEO [Ben Kensell] were very clear about what would happen if Martin left,” he said.
“It has to be the right profile, the right person, and if it is, then we will spend the money to bring that person here. It has to be the right one, though.
“All the work has to be done and I have to be very happy with who it is. When I decide then we can spend it. If it’s that window then great. Otherwise we’ll wait until the summer.
“Martin will be missed in and out of the park, but that’s football. We love what he has done for this club and we hope he has a great time in his new venture, but now we have to move on. forward. We have to find a solution to replace the attributes he had.”
New signing Demetri Mitchell could be in line for his Hibs debut against Motherwell tomorrow after the former Hearts loanee signed a two-and-a-half-year contract last night.
“Demi was the one I focused on very soon after I got here because of his attributes,” Maloney explained.
“He can play on both wings, winger, wing-back or even in the No.10 position. He has the attributes we needed in the team.
“There’s been a big push from Demi himself to make this happen. He’s ready to play even though he hasn’t trained for a week so we’ll have to be careful with him.”
Elias Melkersen has finally received the necessary work permit which allows him to play after a long delay since signing.
However, Maloney suggested it could be several weeks before the Norwegian teenager is ready to feature.
He added: “Elias played a practice game on Monday. We are going to develop him because he is a player we have to develop and let him adapt to the league, so hopefully in the next few weeks he will will be available for the first-team team.”